Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

It was Labor Day and I had unsuccessfully tried to cut my finger off; I was happy I failed.  My buddies called from the golf course and asked if I would like to meet them at the 10th hole.  Knowing my bandaged finger would not hurt my already pitiful golf game, I agreed.

The only thing I could figure was that they were probably playing very badly and needed someone who would make them look and feel better about their game.

I have a way of doing that for others on the golf course; I do not mind.  I find satisfaction in hitting golf balls into the woods if they are “straight and sound nice.”

Heading out immediately, I beat them to the 10th hole and had plenty of time to sit in the shade and ponder life, love and almost losing the middle finger of my right hand.  Okay, it really wasn’t that bad, but it bled a lot and took four off-brand band aids to cover up.

As I sat in the shade of a tree near the place to tee off for the 10th hole, I studied a rack of those bottles you use to fill your divots.  The bottles have sand and grass seeds in them and are usually on the golf cart so you can thoughtfully repair the damage you cause on the course.  Perhaps the 10th hole is a good place to swap these out if you were digging a lot of holes on the first nine holes.

Not taking golf seriously at all, I started thinking about some of the divots I have either dug into others or had dug out of me.  “Divot” is a word that generally applies to the holes or marks dug out by golf clubs or horse hooves (and the part that is dug out), but I think “life divots” could be pretty applicable to everyone. 

A divot in golf is not a bad thing I have learned; in other words, there are good divots and bad divots and a good golfer learns to “read their divots.”  I do not bother to get a dollar bill out and measure or attempt to “read” my divots on the golf course.  If I keep the ball on the course and enjoy the scenery, it is a good day for me.



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